What if the other party in my case is not following a court Order?

There are times when the other party does not follow a family court Order.  For good reasons or bad, that person just does not want to comply with what he or she is supposed to do. A person can file a Motion for Contempt asking the court to find someone has not done something.  If […]

What questions should I ask when hiring an attorney?

Most people have never had to hire an attorney.  When they find themselves in need of a family law attorney, they often are so focused on what is going on in their life at the time that they do not know what they should discuss with an attorney or where to even start with their […]

How does a court look at income for child support and spousal maintenance?

One common question asked during a divorce, paternity and custody case revolves around financial support a person must pay or receive as it relates to their family law case.  The first step to determine the couple’s income is to obtain monthly income paystubs and information for each parent. Income can come from many documented sources […]

What is a six month Review Hearing?

Hopefully, once the judge signs the divorce Decree finalizing a divorce or an Order finalizing a custody case, families settle into a new routine of life.  The hope is the parents follow the parenting time schedule, child support gets paid and the parents are communicating with one another about medical and school issues.  In reality, […]

How does my military deployment affect my legal custody, physical custody and parenting time?

Military parents in Minnesota have some added protection when it comes to deployments.  In 2015 the Minnesota legislature passed the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act to create a uniform set of laws that ensure parents serving in our military are not penalized for their service while taking into consideration the impact deployment has on […]

What should I expect when I go to court?

Unless you are an attorney or a judge, being in a courtroom is scary.  Most people’s experience with court is what they see on television.  What you see on television is much different than what television dramas show it to be.  So, what is it like going to the courthouse for a court hearing? Leave […]

My spouse and I are going to do our divorce ourselves. Is that a good idea?

I recently met with a young woman who brought with her to our consultation the packet of fill-in-the blank divorce papers she got from a local courthouse.  She filled them out the best she could, but her spouse would only provide her with some of the financial information the forms require.  She wanted to know […]

Can I control how child support is spent?

Divorcing parents and parents who have not been married to one another and who have children must address child support and who must pay money to the other parent for the children’s needs. The parent paying child support sometimes feels he or she is paying too much money while the parent receiving child support may feel […]